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Cristiano Ronaldo sparks speculation with new Bayern Munich following. And with the likes of Mbapp, Haaland, De Bruyne, Salah and Man making their own cases in the race to be crowned Europes player of the year, Karim is looking closer than ever to winning it. With the game tied at 2-2 in the dying seconds after Real clawed back from 2-0 down, Benzema gets on the end of a pass and finishes calmly to seal the victory. - The Warm-Up, It is not the priority Tuchel plays down links with a swoop for Ronaldo, Eurosport, a Discovery Company 2022 All rights reserved, Goals dominate Ballon dOr talk, but big-game De Bruyne should be favourite, Hes ready to win the Ballon dOr! Spain reacts to sensational Benzema, Can Messi win Ballon dOr No. Blues Boss Todd Boehly Discusses Potential Transfer of Manchester United Legend. Despite not scoring in the final, he registered a brilliant performance with his runs and energy throughout. Benzema won it. The only one close is Robert Lewandowski, with an average of 1.23 goal contributions per match. The quartet lead the way with the bookmakers, but the odds will likely change before France Football hand out the award, this year determined by the 2021-22 campaign in its entirety as opposed to the calendar year. It doesnt really matter whether Madrid win the Champions League or not if he continues putting in outstanding performances like the ones against PSG and Chelsea - his season will be assessed individually. Firstly, the list of Ballon dOr winners since 2000, and how they fared in the Champions League that year the final took place, including the team they played for at the time: We can see that winning the Champions League has been a decisive factor on nine of the past 14 occasions, including a five-year stretch from 2014 to 2018. However, from now on, more specialists will participate in the process, including Ballon d'Or ambassador Didier Drogba and the voters who came closer to getting the last edition's results rights. ENJOYING THE MOMENT. 'I cannot wait' - Ten Hag confirms Ronaldo will be 'integrated into squad'. 8? - Five favourites rated, 2000: Luis Figo (Barcelona/Real Madrid) Champions League semi-finals (with Barcelona), 2001: Michael Owen (Liverpool) Not in Champions League, 2002: Ronaldo (Inter/Real Madrid) Not in Champions League (with Inter), 2003: Pavel Nedved (Juventus) Champions League runners-up, 2004: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan) Champions League quarter-finals, 2005: Ronaldinho (Barcelona) Champions League last 16, 2006: Fabio Cannavaro (Real Madrid) Champions League last 16, 2010: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Champions League semi-finals, 2012: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Champions League semi-finals, 2013: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Champions League semi-finals, 2019: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Champions League semi-finals, 2021: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/PSG) Champions League last 16 (with Barcelona), 2002: Real Madrid 3 (Carlos 2nd, Zidane 4th, Raul 7th), 2003: AC Milan 2 (Maldini 3rd, Shevchenko 4th), 2006: Barcelona 2 (Ronaldinho 4th, Etoo 6th), 2009: Barcelona 4 (Messi 1st, Xavi 3rd, Iniesta 4th, Etoo 5th), 2011: Barcelona 3 (Messi 1st, Xavi 3rd, Iniesta 4th), 2013: Bayern Munich 2 (Ribery 3rd, Robben 8th), 2014: Real Madrid 2 (Ronaldo 1st, Di Maria 10th), 2015: Barcelona 4 (Messi 1st, Neymar 3rd, Suarez 5th, Iniesta 9th), 2016: Real Madrid 3 (Ronaldo 1st, Bale 6th, Pepe 9th), 2017: Real Madrid 3 (Ronaldo 1st, Modric 5th, Ramos 6th), 2018: Real Madrid 3 (Modric 1st, Ronaldo 2nd, Varane 7th), 2019: Liverpool 4 (Van Dijk 2nd, Mane 4th, Salah 5th, Alisson 7th), 2021: Chelsea 2 (Jorginho 3rd, Kante 5th). Close the votes. Scoring consecutive hat tricks in European footballs elite club competition underlines the level of form hes in. For the next edition, it will be the Vietnamese journalist Truong Anh Ngoc, the New Zealander Gordon Watson and the Czech Karolina Hlavackova who will take part in the process. Karim Benzemas recent exhibition displays in the Champions League knockout round along with changes to the voting process for the Ballon dOr, could benefit the Real Madrid strikers case for winning this years award. Likewise, if Liverpool win, Salah could become the favourite, and a similar outcome to 2019 could play out with Van Dijk, Alisson and Sadio Mane also breaking the top 10, and potentially Trent Alexander-Arnold too. That means much will depend on what players do in the Champions League and their respective leagues. On top of that, Benzemas individual displays may well have a key influence on how Real Madrid fare as a team this season. France Football make it clear that the Qatar World Cup will not be a factor in determining who wins the 2022 Ballon dOr. These are the four changes announced by L'Equipe. From now, performances will be rated over the whole season rather than over one natural year - that means that the star performers in this years World Cup, which kicks off in November, will be candidates for next years award, not this years. He also was the top scorer in La Liga with 27 goals, and the top scorer in the Champions League with 15 goals. This means that Messi is unlikely to be considered for the 2022 Ballon d'Or, as PSG have been eliminated in the Champions League's last 16 and he has struggled to deliver in Ligue 1 so far this season. Cristiano Ronaldo has an average of 0.61 goal contributions per match, Lionel Messi has an average of 0.76 goal contributions per match. Even in 2021, as people felt the Polish front-man deserved it, the award was given to Argentine forward Lionel Messi. Now you can watch the entire NBA season or your favorite teams on streaming. This means that those who vote for the next edition can take into account the Women's European Championship, which takes place from July 6 to 31, 2022, but not the 2022 Men's World Cup in Qatar. For instance, against Sevilla. This allowed him to pick up the ball in deep areas and drive Real forward, a move that helped the Spanish giants even in the Champions League final. Unidad Editorial Informacin Deportiva, S.L.U. Copyright 2022. Will come into effect from the 2022 edition. He got a hat-trick against PSG to turn the game around following a 1-0 loss to the Paris outfit in the first leg, another hat-trick against Chelsea in the very next game to send Real back to the Santiago Bernabeu with a 3-1 lead, the eventual winning goal against Chelsea in the second leg, a brace against Manchester City in the first leg (which included a brilliant panenka penalty), and the eventual winning goal in the second leg. They cancelled the award in 2020 due to Covid-19, despite most leagues finishing their season, much to football fans despair, who felt Robert Lewandowski was robbed of the award. To be able to comment you must be registered and logged in. The Real Madrid vice-captain spent a lot of time on the left wing, allowing Vinicius Junior to dart infield, a simple move that brought out the best of the Brazilian wonder-kid. But exactly how important is the Champions League? Goals and goal contributions Also Read - FIFA World Cup 2022: FIFA to Introduce Semi-Automated Off-Side Technology in Qatar, Throughout the season, Benzema made 46 appearances for Los Blancos, despite being 34 years old. L'Equipe has announced four important changes on the way the Ballon d'Or winner is decided, with the new rules coming into effect from the next edition of the award. pic.twitter.com/Rn7ra2mnp8. Despite his age, Karim Benzema still has a lot left in him. Unidad Editorial Informacin Deportiva, S.L.U. We delve a little deeper into two lists to see whether success in Europe is required to collect the Ballon dOr. It is all hypothetical for now, but were Real Madrid to win then bets would be closed and Benzema a near-guarantee, likewise Bayern and Lewandowski, in what would be a reward for his past three years after one near-miss and a controversial decision to cancel the 2020 Ballon dOr. The voting jury will also be slimmed down from previous editions. There will no longer be votes cast by correspondents from distant countries who might not to quite as clued up about what is happening in Europes top leagues or which players are standing out; in the past, those journalists tended to vote for the high profile players they are familiar with, usually Messi or Cristiano - maybe because they didnt know much about the other candidates. Germany squad for Womens Euro 2022: player profiles - Popp, Dbritz Cristiano Ronaldo has genital Botox injection for penis enlargement, Real Madrid vs Barcelona in Las Vegas: how to watch online and on TV. Speaking on CBS Sports, Henry was quoted as saying the following: I just wanted to say something to France or whoever is voting [on the Ballon dOr]. India Dot Com Private Limited. By dropping deep, he gives his defenders an extra passing outlet to get the ball away from direct danger while keeping possession of the ball. Also Read - Cristiano Ronaldo to Chelsea? Throughout the campaign, Benzema has been a source of magic, especially when Real needed it most. The World Cup is naturally another factor, and was key to Ronaldo winning in 2002 and Fabio Cannavaro in 2006, while Messis Ballon dOr wins in non-Champions League winning campaigns came after either a strong year in terms of goals (he scored a staggering 91 goals in 2012), or for 2021, Argentinas Copa America triumph. For instance, reducing the number of votes to countries which are considered the elite of world football will hopefully increase the quality of voting. Which players will participate in the MLS All-Star Skills Challenge? His magic hat, though, was at its maximum power in the Champions League knockouts. All rights reserved. Votes were leaked of that year, with queer voting cards coming to light. After stressing that the Ballon d'Or is an individual award, L'Equipe makes clear that voters should firstly focus mainly on the players' individual performances over collective achievements, which will also be taken into consideration, with the third criterion being the players' ability and sense of fair play. Many believe that he deserved to win last years Ballon dOr - in the end, he finished fourth behind Jorginho, Lewandowski and the eventual winner, Leo Messi. Former Manchester United Football Star Wayne Rooney Joins MLS Side D.C United As Head Coach, FIFA World Cup 2022: FIFA to Introduce Semi-Automated Off-Side Technology in Qatar, Cristiano Ronaldo to Chelsea? In this article, we detail why he deserves it.Also Read - Former Manchester United Football Star Wayne Rooney Joins MLS Side D.C United As Head Coach, 1. What is virtually a guarantee is that the Champions League winners will feature at least one player in the top 10: This has arguably become a bigger factor in recent years, with Liverpools tally of four players in 2019 only matched by Barcelona in 2009 and 2015 since 2000. Enjoy live and on-demand online sports on DAZN. Bye., UCL final: No belief Wenger blames two Liverpool stars for 1-0 loss to Real Madrid, NNL: Tankos late penalty gives Kogi United home win against Doma United, Ballon dOr 2022: Sanchez names player who should win award, Ballon dOr 2022: Yaya Toure picks winner between Benzema, Mane, Ballon dOr 2022: Zidane names player that should win award, EPL: Nketiah set to take shirt worn by Thierry Henry, Aubameyang, Ballon dOr 2022: What Ill do if I dont win award Salah, Ballon dOr 2022: I have no doubts Messi reveal player to win it. Benzema scored a hat trick against PSG in the last round and repeated the feat in the first leg of the quarter final against Chelsea. Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry has claimed that Real Madrids Karim Benzema has already won the 2022 Ballon dOr after guiding Los Blanco to a Champions League triumph over Liverpool on Saturday night. Real Madrids dominance in that spell enabled Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award three times, and Luka Modric once, with the latter also standing out in Croatias run to the World Cup final in 2018. This season, he won the treble of the Champions League, La Liga, and Spanish Super Cup with Real Madrid. The majority of those changes would actually benefit Benzema. All Rights Reserved. He certainly elevated his game by a large notch, and deserves the award as recognition. However, in 2022, the winner should be only one man. Vinicius scored the winning goal for Carlo Ancellotis side at the Stade de France. Published Date: June 27, 2022 3:15 PM IST. Benzema was impressive as Real Madrid secured their record-extending 14th European Cup following a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in Paris. The Frenchmans direct rivals stats are incomparable to him. The jury is out, with the Champions League outcome as yet unknown, but it will certainly have a say on the Ballon dOr voting. What if Man Utd don't actually need De Jong? The new regulations could help him in his quest to be number one. Lionel Messi holds the 2021 Ballon d'Or trophy. However, from now on, the prize will be given to the best player of the season, from August to July. That gives him an average of 1.28 goal contributions per match. Delhi: With the Ballon DOr ready to be handed to its eventual victor on 17th October 2022 for the 65th time, the French Football Federation will be preparing to hand out voting ballots to journalists across 180 countries, to select their top five picks for the players who they think had the best season. Benzema one of just four to score consecutive hat tricks. A total of 59 contributions in 46 games played. MARCA travels to Vinicius' birthplace: He will win the Ballon d'Or if he keeps working hard, Haaland's decision depends on the Ballon d'Or, Nadal on Djokovic: If he can play at a Grand Slam without being vaccinated then he is welcome, Xavi: There's no bigger prospect in world football than Pedri, Manchester City vs Liverpool: Guardiola sets points target of 96. Golden Foot 2022: Benzema, Lewandowski, Messi and Wu Lei, Baras Laporta sends Real Madrid message ahead of Vegas Clsico, Barcelona in shock over extreme heat in Las Vegas as they prepare to face Real Madrid. Perhaps in a move to avoid such contradictory outcomes - like Karims last year, Ballon dOr organisers France Football decided to modify the regulations for their prestigious award in four key areas. All rights reserved. Blues Boss Todd Boehly Discusses Potential Transfer of Manchester United Legend. Even if he doesnt get a goal or assist, the Real Madrid forward certainly helped his team-mates flourish throughout the season, and his career. Activate your account. He also dropped as deep as the midfield rather than staying in line with the opposition defense like most strikers would. Cristiano Ronaldo won the Champions League with Man Utd in 2008, the year he collected his first Ballon d'Or, Lionel Messi reacts after winning the Ballon d'Or France Football 2019, irgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker of Liverpool celebrate with the trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019. These are figures you would normally see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi putting up. Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi was the player who won the prize last year, clinching the Ballon d'Or for a record seventh time, two more than Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo. Read more on Latest Sports News on India.com. The other changes concern the voting process. For breaking news and live news updates, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Up to and including the 2021 edition, the award was awarded on the basis of the players' performances during a calendar year, from January to December. Who are the all-time top scorers in the Champions League? And Henry, a former Barcelona striker, feels like there is no point in casting votes for this years Ballon dOr and should instead just be awarded to Benzema. The preliminary list of candidates will no longer be drawn up exclusively by France Football and Lquipe but will now include expert opinions from well known ex-players such as Ballon dOr ambassador Didier Drogba. Karim Benzema, Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah will all be looking to reach the semi-finals with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Liverpool respectively, although Kylian Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain are already out. Now only selected journalists from the federations occupying the top 100 places in FIFAs world Mens ranking will be able to vote - whittled down substantially from the 170 journalists worldwide who voted in the past. If, say, Manchester City win the Champions League, Kevin De Bruyne. And that man is Real Madrid and France forward Karim Benzema. Just at the moment when the stranglehold which Cristiano and Messi have had on individual awards is coming to an end. However, he contributed 44 goals and 15 assists in those appearances.
In recent weeks, Benzema has received compliments from some of the games eminent figures - legends like Samuel Etoo and rival coaches like Thomas Tchel have heaped praise on him. This also helps Real break a high press, where their defense gets pushed by the opposition, and encouraged to make mistakes. The editorial staff of France Football and L'Equipe were the ones who were choosing the 30 Ballon d'Or candidates, as well as the 20 for the Yashin Trophy and 20 for the Kopa Trophy. Representatives of as many as 170 countries participated in last edition's voting, but this is about to change, as representatives of only the top 100 countries in the FIFA ranking (and the top 50 for women's football) will be able to vote for now on. Forgot password? They will hope it is less controversial than the previous two editions. For three straight years from 2016 to 2018, Real Madrid had three in the top 10, which also highlights a trend of centre-backs emerging as contenders Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, before Liverpools Virgil van Dijk then pushed Messi close in 2019.
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